15 people, including 3 cabinet ministers and 3 journalists, are dead after a suicide bomber struck a university graduation ceremony in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia. The suicide bomber was dressed as woman. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the militant Islamic group al-Shabab is suspected. Islamic militants control much of central and southern Somalia. The capital is protected by African Union peacekeepers who have nearly daily skirmishes with militants, Associated Press.
India’s Minister of State for the Environment has announced that the country will not sign any legally-binding emission reduction agreements at the upcoming climate change summit in Copenhagen, Times of India. Residents of Shishmaref, Alaska fear climate change could destroy their town, CNN.
Israeli settlers protest a 10-month ban on new settlement construction. East Jerusalem is not included in the ban. Settlements are illegal under international law, but continue to be built by Israelis in disputed lands as a way of bolstering their claims on the land, CNN. The story of a Palestinian farmer whose grove of olive trees has been vandalized by nearby Israeli settlements, BBC News.
The New York State Senate did not approve a bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage, New York Times.
A woman in Somali has been stoned to death for adultery. The 20 year-old woman had previously been married and was divorced but a strict reading of Sharia law does not allow even a divorced woman to have sex with another man. The woman’s boyfriend was given 100 lashes. Al-Shabab, the hard line Islamic group that controls much of southern Somalia, was responsible for the sentencing, BBC News. More on the broken justice system in Somalia, BBC News.
Somali pirates once again attacked the Maersk Alabama, the U.S. ship that was hijacked last April, but the crew was able to repel the attack, MS-NBC.
The European Union will send 100 troops to train Somali forces in hopes that the forces will be able to stem the violence and restore order. The troops will train in Uganda next year, Reuters.
U.S. President Barack Obama finishes up his tour of Asia with a visit to South Korea, Yonhap. Analysis of President Obama’s visit to China, Associated Press.
The PBD series Frontline has a comprehensive look at the death of Neda Agha Soltan, including interviews with the doctor who tried to save her at the scene of the crime and information about the man who shot Neda. The show also provides a good review of the events of the disputed presidential election in Iran in June. A must watch for anyone who wants a better understanding of the situation. Watch the full program online. A transcript of the show will be available around November 24. Maps and video of the protests since June, BBC News. Frontline’s homepage for news on Iran, Tehran Bureau.
Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a top al Qaeda leader in Somlia, is believed to have been killed in a U.S. military operation. Six helicopters were involved in an attack on two vehicles and Nabhan’s body was said to have been taken into custody by U.S. military. Nabhan was affiliated with the Somali extremist group al-Shabab, BBC News.
Muntadhar al-Zeidi, the man who became famous for throwing his shoes at President George W. Bush, has been released from prison. He says he was tortured in prison with beatings and electric shocks, Al Jazeera. Shoe-throwing as an insult in Arab culture, BBC News.
A poll published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that 73% of physicians support a public option for health insurance, NPR.
In an escalation of the dispute between the U.S. and Chinna over tire tariffs, China will begin investigating auto and cchicken imports to China to see if unfair pricing practices are being used, Xinhua. Tire tariff dispute main page, Xinhua.